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For TSA Officers, Congress' Inaction On Funding Could Hit Home

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-23 00:22

If Congress doesn't fund the Department of Homeland Security this week, most DHS employees will likely be ordered to stay on the job — and make do without a paycheck until funding is restored.

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Immigration Courts 'Operating In Crisis Mode,' Judges Say

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-23 00:21

The nation's immigration courts are jammed with the asylum cases of some 60,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the southern border last summer. There are 429,000 cases pending and only 223 judges.

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When Kids Think Parents Play Favorites, It Can Spell Trouble

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-23 00:20

When children think they're being slighted, it can lead to risky behavior as teenagers, a study finds. Having warm, respectful relationships helps counteract the "You always liked her best!"

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Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 20:41

Swedish kids growing up in families who wash their dishes by hand seem less likely than families with dishwashers to develop certain allergies, one study suggests. But there may be more to it.

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'Birdman' Wins Big On A Soggy Night At The Oscars

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 20:39

Sunday night's Oscars brought expected wins for actors like Julianne Moore and J.K. Simmons, and big awards for the quirky showbiz satire Birdman.

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2015 Oscar For Best Picture Goes To 'Birdman'

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 20:07

At the 87th Annual Academy Awards, Julianne Moore won best actress for her work in Still Alice, and Eddie Redmayne won best actor for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

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New Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 13:14

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is in Afghanistan meeting with that country's new president, Ashraf Ghani, and discussing possible changes to the timetable for U.S. troop withdrawals.

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When Pot Goes From Illegal To Recreational, Schools Face A Dilemma

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 12:27

Since Colorado legalized marijuana use, some schools in the state are starting to change how they teach students about the drug in health class. Educators worry students are receiving mixed messages.

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Lamb Dumplings, Lentils And A Bittersweet Taste Of Home

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 12:27

One of Syria's most famous restaurants is bringing the tastes of Damascus to Iraq, where hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled from war, and are hungry for a reassuring slice of home.

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California's Drought Exposes Long-Hidden Detritus

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 12:26

More than 67 percent of California is experiencing "extreme drought" or worse. At Southern California's Lake Perris, dry conditions have revealed tractor tires and sunken boats, unseen for decades.

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Bomb Blast Kills 2 At Pro-Kiev Rally In Eastern Ukraine

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 12:02

The explosion, at the demonstration marking the one-year anniversary of the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, occurred in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

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Homeland Security Chief: Threat To U.S. Malls 'A New Phase' For Terrorists

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 08:28

Jeh Johnson, speaking on CNN's State of the Union, said he is taking seriously a video put out by the Somali-based al-Shabab group calling on followers to attack Western shopping malls.

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Clark Terry, Ebullient Jazz Trumpeter, Has Died

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 08:20

A member of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras, Terry also enjoyed a long freelance career which included jazz education and a featured slot in NBC's Tonight Show band. He was 94.

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Clark Terry, Acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter And Composer, Dies At 94

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 07:43

The famed musician was one of the most prolific recording artists in jazz and performed with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Quincy Jones in a career that spanned decades.

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Watch The Oscars With Us

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 07:01

Follow along as Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Bob Mondello and Glen Weldon live tweet the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

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Bangladesh Ferry Accident Kills Dozens

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 06:06

The vessel, carrying more than 100 passengers, capsized after being hit by a cargo ship about 25 miles northwest of the capital Dhaka.

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Chilean Cyclist Nearing Record Killed By Truck In Rural Thailand

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 05:31

Juan Francisco Guillermo, 47, had been hoping to set a Guinness record by cycling more than 155,000 miles on five continents over five years.

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Turkish Operation Rescues Soldiers Guarding Tomb In Syria

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 04:30

The raid evacuated some 40 Turkish soldiers stationed near Aleppo at the Tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

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Turkey Launches Operation Across Syria's Border

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 03:51

Turkish troops crossed into northern Syria overnight. Turkey's prime minister says they successfully evacuated Turkish soldiers who had been guarding a tomb near Aleppo that many Turks hold sacred.

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A Greek Town Nervously Watches It's Russian Fur Trade Falter

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 03:51

A small town in northwest Greece which sews mink coats has managed to stay afloat largely due to its exports to Russia. But the ruble crashed, the economy floundered, and now the town is in trouble.

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